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Syllabification: rave


[no object]
1Talk wildly or incoherently, as if one were delirious or insane: Nancy’s having hysterics and raving about a black ghost
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  • The Prime Minister raved incoherently: ‘I see myself as the big fat spider in the corner of the room.’
  • The Pythia would rave and babble incoherently.
  • When he succeeded in waking us up, we had been completely incoherent, raving about caves and pigeons and dark unspeakable evil.
talk wildly, babble, jabber, talk incoherently
1.1Address someone in an angry, uncontrolled way: [with direct speech]: “Never mind how he feels!” Melissa raved
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  • Sure, the lyrics are angry, bitter, raving, mad, obscene, and a 1000 other adjectives, but they don't change my opinion.
  • He was then standing in the street ranting and raving and my dad asked him to move out the way, and the guy said he would be back.
  • Mr Welling said: ‘The defendant telephoned her and he was abusive, ranting and raving.’
rant, rant and rave, rage, lose one's temper, storm, fulminate, fume;
shout, roar, thunder, bellow
informal fly off the handle, blow one's top, hit the roof, flip one's wig
2Speak or write about someone or something with great enthusiasm or admiration: New York’s theater critics raved about the acting
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  • That said, nearly all the guests I spoke to raved about their excursions, claiming they were the highlight of their holiday.
  • Salthouse had the critics raving about their last album ‘Dream by Day’.
  • Critics are already raving about the new Channel Four programme ‘Shameless’, which hits the screen tonight.
praise enthusiastically, go into raptures about/over, wax lyrical about, sing the praises of, rhapsodize over, enthuse about/over, acclaim, eulogize, extol, overpraise
informal ballyhoo
formal laud
archaic panegyrize
3 informal Attend or take part in a rave (party).
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  • Viewers watch aliens rave at a dance party, float off into space while fireworks explode, and witness a fiery kaleidoscope descending from overhead.
  • We remember one party near Jerusalem, thousands of people were raving like hell inside an ancient cave.
  • Beat it out and we pulse together, it's a wonder we don't rave daily.


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1 informal An extremely enthusiastic recommendation or appraisal of someone or something: the film has won raves from American reviewers [as modifier]: their recent tour received rave reviews
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  • And though his realistic and hard-hitting film has won some rave reviews, Tigmanshu is certainly not resting on his laurels.
  • Performing at the Cotton Club, the girls won rave reviews from critics.
  • It is listed on the Australian and US stock markets and has won rave reviews for its financial performances.
enthusiastic praise, lavish praise, a rapturous reception, tribute, plaudits, acclaim
very enthusiastic, rapturous, glowing, ecstatic, excellent, highly favorable
2 informal A lively party or gathering involving dancing and drinking: their annual fancy-dress rave
2.1A party or event attended by large numbers of young people, involving drug use and dancing to fast, electronic music.
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  • I've been into raves and electronic music since the early '90s, and I can tell you that there is no other music scene that can boast this.
  • The music at this event had not been as loud as at previous raves.
  • There were more performance-enhancing drugs going down than at an all-night rave.
2.2Electronic dance music of the kind played at a rave.
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  • Rather than defining genres, Skinner explores them, intersecting garage and hip-hop with rave, reggae, and even a twinge of bedsit indie.
  • It's got techno, trance, rave, hip hop, and lots of other types of music in the different mixes.
  • Music was up beat, perfect for dancing, mixing with techno, rave, electric and pop.


Middle English (in the sense 'show signs of madness'): probably from Old Northern French raver; related obscurely to Middle Low German reven 'be senseless, rave'.

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rave 2 Syllabification: rave


1A rail of a cart.
1.1 (raves) A permanent or removable framework added to the sides of a cart to increase its capacity.


Mid 16th century: variant of the synonymous dialect word rathe, of unknown origin.

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